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Please, not again...

April 11, 2013

Here we go again. The news that ITN is planning a reality show based on Jewish mothers "who have a desire to help people sort out their problems" makes the heart sink. Last year's Channel 4 series, Jewish Mum of the Year, was a tawdry affair which - to be charitable - did no credit to anyone involved. It was too much to hope that we had seen the back of schlock TV caricatures of Jews.

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A golden, lucky age

April 11, 2013

The passing of Baroness Thatcher reminds us of the most important single fact about Anglo-Israeli relations in the past five decades: just how lucky we have been.

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Happiness will out

April 4, 2013

If one judged Israel by the tone and content of most media coverage, it would be understandable if everyone there wanted to leave. But this week’s OECD table provides a more accurate reflection of Israeli life, showing that Israelis are the eighth happiest people in the world. No wonder.

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Fascist, racist, fool

April 4, 2013

Whatever others may say about him, Paulo Di Canio is clear: "I am a fascist, not a racist." Mr Di Cano is as deft a political thinker as one would expect a football manager to be. Because while, in theory, it may be possible to separate fascism from racism, Mr Di Canio's form of fascism seems to do nothing of the sort.

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Chomsky, sophistry champion

By Oliver Kamm, March 28, 2013

Among Jewish contributors to modern intellectual life, few carry as much name-recognition as Noam Chomsky. Visiting London last week, he drew enthusiastic crowds to a lecture given in honour of Edward Said, the Palestinian literary critic, and an interview at the British Library with Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian columnist and my fellow JC contributor.

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Some perspective

March 28, 2013

On the other hand… As we near the end of Pesach, and the story of a forced exodus, we ought to reflect how lucky we are to live in Britain in 2013. What threats there are to shechita and brit milah are made democratically, are subject to rational argument, and give us the chance to stand up for our religion.

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No complacency

March 28, 2013

The timing could not be more pointedly awful. Just one week after we reported that, in the wake of the horse meat scandal, the government was turning to the kashrut authorities for advice about securing the food chain, we reveal that nearly half the population want to ban shechita. Our poll, which was carried out last week, is stark in its brutality.

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The vile and vicious

March 21, 2013

What a gathering of the vile and the vicious! Under the umbrella of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights, the invitation to a meeting at the House of Lords noted that "David Ward MP will honour us with his attendance." No joke was intended. And who should be chairing the meeting than Lauren Booth, who misses no opportunity to give Israel a kicking (however ineffective her witterings may be).

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Encouraging trip

March 21, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has done to President Obama what it has done to all of his immediate predecessors: taken up much energy and produced nothing.

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Shattering honesty

March 15, 2013

When Alan Shatter lost his seat in the Irish parliament in 2002, after 21 years, some assumed his political career was over. But the feisty lawyer returned in 2007 and now, as the only Jewish member of the Irish government, he is Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.

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